I got a liitle aggressive and pruned a dogwood and a bay berry (red bush, not a burning bush) two days ago. (October 19th). They were sloppy and I prunned them back pretty far. I also cut back my zebra grass. Now I'm reading that was the wrong time to do it. Will they come back in the spring? I live in Niagara Falls, New York. Thank you for your time. Audrey
New York County New York trees and shrubs
The grass is no problem. I'm cutting mine back now too. Shrubs are pretty resilient and they should also be okay. You'll have to wait until next spring to see how they respond. The best time to prune most plants is right after they put on new growth and before they produce flower/leaf buds for the next year. This is often in June and there are a lot of other gardening activities so pruning often takes back seat to them.